• INTERVIEWS,  Lokal

    Simple Sentiments – Summer Hobby to Full Time Macramé

    If I were to launch my very own business, it would surely be out of something that makes me happy. I can only imagine the challenges of keeping a business alive and if I don’t love what I’m doing one hundred percent, then I don’t see any point in starting in the first place.  This week’s featured shop is yet another proof of a business born from the love of the craft – and if you’ve been frequenting Instagram lately, you may already be familiar with that thing called macramé. Well, Franz del Rosario didn’t plan to be in the macramé business, but what began as a summer hobby turned out…

  • Olivia and Diego upcycled fashion
    INTERVIEWS,  Lokal

    Olivia + Diego – Upcycled Out of Happiness

    In my search for finding local,sustainable brands, I first learned about Olivia & Diego on Instagram and  immediately thought, well, here is another successful local label that not only helps keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill, but also offers empowerment and livelihood to women in rural communities, particularly in Davao, Philippines. You may have heard or come across this label too, as they have retailers not just in the Philippines but overseas as well, such as in Australia, Canada, Japan, Germany, and the United States. Olivia & Diego makes fashion accessories out of  discarded t-shirts. Their products are made by hand and come in vibrant, joyful colours – which is very fitting…

  • INTERVIEWS,  SHOPS INTL

    Shop Feature: ZIB* Textile

    ZIB* is a colorful fashion brand from Riga, Latvia that creates originally designed casual clothing and accessories for women and kids. It was founded in 2012 by Inga Priedite and Irena Andrejeva, who were then students at the Art Academy of Latvia. Each ZIB* garment is handmade from their workshop and goes through the entire process – from sketching to digitized printing to sewing.  Today, ZIB* is made up of a team of creative women – Annija Viluma (Production Lead), Edite Feifere (Customer Service), Katrina Talberga (Project & Events), Inga Kalnina (Accountant and Bookkeeper), Baiba Saurina and Liva Linina (artists and dressmakers). Irena Andrejeva creates designs as all the other team members do,…